Let’s learn how to make a puff sleeve blouse from men’s dress shirt. Today, we’re going to have fun cutting a shirt with this beginner upcycle project.
Sewing and making clothes from scratch sounds like a lot of work; but this simple tutorial shows exactly how to easily transform a puff sleeve blouse from men’s dress shirt. As a result, you will be on trend for this year and do a little recycling while you are at it!
Recently, the classic poplin top got a puff sleeve update according to the latest runways trends. Yes, this statement sleeve trend is everywhere from social media to retail stores.
Fashion bloggers and your favorite Instagram influencers are all over this trend already. If you can’t live without a classic shirt for work or casual date night outfit, then this style is perfect for you too!
Continue along the upcycled clothing journey with us and together we will transform one old clothing item at a time. In this refashion tutorial, you will start with how to make a puff sleeve blouse from men’s dress shirt.
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How to Wear Puff Sleeve Shirt
You might be wondering how to wear this trend properly to look chic and work-friendly or even as a casual date night outfit.
To nail the puff sleeve trend, the key to put this outfit together properly is to pair it with fitted bottoms such as straight leg pants or even a pencil skirt to keep the right balance.
Puff Sleeve Work Outfit
- Pair a white puff sleeve blouse with beige chinos and white heels to look elegant and professional throughout the workday.
- Pair with a black lace midi flare skirt and black pointed toe heels to give a unique and ladylike appearance. This is the classic black and white office work outfit.
Casual Puff Sleeve Outfit
- Pair any puff sleeve white button-down shirt with your favorite pair of mom jeans and black ballet flats. You will create a chic and casual look.
- If you need a classy and sexy summer look, you can easily wear any color puff sleeve blouse with a pair of denim mini shorts for a beach vacation.
Puff Sleeve Date Night Outfit
- Love the off-the-shoulder shirt trend? There are off-the-shoulder shirt puff sleeve shirts that are to die for! Simply wear with a black leather mini skirt as a romantic date night outfit.
- If you are a dress person, for your next date night outfit look for a puff sleeve shift dress. You will look elegant and date night ready.
How to Care For Cotton Poplin Shirt
Learn how to make a puff sleeve blouse from men’s dress shirt by following this beginner sewing project! Once you have taken the steps to make your own clothing, you will really want to properly care for each piece.
These effective clothing care tips demonstrate how to clean a cotton poplin shirt so that it lasts a long time! If you care for clothing the right way, you can avoid sending it to the dry cleaner every time you wear it.
- Men's Button Down Shirt
- ¾” Elastic Band
- Sewing Machine
- Fabric Chalk
- Measuring Tape
- Seam Ripper
- Straight Pins
- Remove the pocket using a seam ripper.
- Detach both sleeves by cutting along the seam using scissors.
- Disconnect the collar by cutting the collar band.
- Cut across the yoke seam in the back.
- Cut down both side seams and then detach the shoulder seam.
- To make the new front piece, start by folding the original back piece in half. Pin it securely along the armhole and side seams so that it doesn’t move when you are drawing a new shape or begin cutting.
- Copy the front neckline, shoulder seam and armhole by tracing the outline with fabric chalk.
- Measure 23” down from the highest point of the shoulder seam and mark.
- Then, measure 10” away from the folded center front, draw a straight line to connect and cut along the chalk mark to complete the front piece.
- To make the back piece, unbutton the shirt, lay the wrong sides together and then pin it to secure.
- Use your favorite t-shirt to copy the back neckline with fabric chalk. Then, use your new front piece to copy the shoulder seam, armhole, side seam, and hemline.
- Cut along the chalk mark to complete the back piece.
How To Make Puff Sleeves Without Pattern
- To make the puff sleeves, remove both cuffs and then split open each sleeve by cutting along the seam. Open each sleeve and lay them flat with the right side up.
- From the center of the sleeve piece, measure 13” down, make a straight line across and then cut to create the new sleeve length.
- Remove any sleeve seam so that you are left with a smooth piece of fabric, and measure the hem of the sleeve. Mine is 16” across and I will reduce it to 10” by removing 3” on each side. Draw a new seam line with fabric chalk and trim along both sides of each sleeve.
- Double fold the sleeve hem ¼”, pin it to secure and sew edge top stitch.
- For the pleated fold on each sleeve, begin by folding both sides about ½” from the center of the sleeve and pin to secure.
- Then, fold again about ½” on each side and pin to secure.
Sewing tip: You want to make sure the new sleeve line matches your armhole so double check before your sew them together
- Sew about ⅛” along the folded tucks to secure the pleats and then cut a smooth line along the armhole.
- Next, place the wrong side of the front and back piece together. Sew ½” seam allowance along the shoulder seam.
- To attach the sleeve to the bodice, pin to secure and then sew ½” seam allowance.
- To finish the neckline, I chose to make inbinding with a ¾” width elastic strap that is about 24”.
- Begin by laying the right side of the strap against the right side of the bodice, pin to secure and sew ⅛” along the neckline.
Pro tip: Use scissors to clip along the neckline without cutting through the thread. This method will help you curve it more smoothly.
- Cover the seam with a ¼” double fold, pin to secure and sew edge topstitch along the neckline.
- Double fold the hemline ¼”, pin to secure and edge topstitch along the hem to finish cleanly.
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